Space: Above and Beyond

Season 1 Episode 22

Sugar Dirt

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Aired Sunday 7:00 PM Apr 20, 1996 on FOX
9.3
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When Earth Force command sees there's an opportunity to launch a potentially crippling offensive against the Chigs, Commodore Ross is forced to abandon the 58th and thousands of their fellow marines on a barren planet. With little ammo, no food, and no hope of rescue, the 58th still continue to do their duty.moreless

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  • Take away the pilot episode and this is clearly the best episode.

    9.1
    One word that summarizes this episode “ACTION”, this episode is has plenty of it. Finally we get to see more than one Carrier into action. We get to see how Carriers really move as in they have a whole battle group of ships along side. Ranging from smaller support ships to destroyers, the props team did a great job on displaying the Earth forces in battle. The war room was almost like World War II with one supreme commander and military leaders from different countries all huddled in one room making decisions that affect millions. The mistakes of grunts and technical personnel highlight how battles can be won and lost. I really don’t mind the 58th being caught behind enemy lines this episode because it was done very well. I like when they radioed “we have the airfield”.moreless
James Morrison

James Morrison

Lt. Col. Tyrus Cassius McQueen

Kristen Cloke

Kristen Cloke

Capt. Shane Vansen

Morgan Weisser

Morgan Weisser

1st Lt. Nathan West

Rodney Rowland

Rodney Rowland

1st Lt. Cooper Hawkes

Lanai Chapman

Lanai Chapman

1st Lt. Vanessa Damphousse

Joel de la Fuente

Joel de la Fuente

1st Lt. Paul Wang

Granville Van Dusen

Granville Van Dusen

General Weirick

Guest Star

David Jean-Thomas

David Jean-Thomas

General Alcott

Guest Star

David St. James

David St. James

Admiral Broden

Guest Star

Tucker Smallwood

Tucker Smallwood

Commodore Glen van Ross

Recurring Role

John Wilkie

John Wilkie

Chig #3 (uncredited)

Recurring Role

Sam Striger

Sam Striger

Chig #1 (uncredited)

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Nitpick: After the Saratoga left Demios to proceed to Ixion, the 58th wouldn't have known their position in order to aim the communication dish to maintain radio contact.

    • As they prepare to leave the first battle, Commodore Ross orders the ship to set course for the Helios System, even though they are said to be going to the planet Ixion. At first glance, this might seem to be a goof. However, the planet Ixion might be in the Helios System. Alternately, Helios may be a waypoint, since there are occasionally spacial phenonmenon that must be avoided, such as a black hole, that might force them to take an indirect route to Ixion- and an indirect route might avoid Chig patrols, giving them the element of surprise. One more explanation might be that they are going to be taking a wormhole in order to get to Ixion faster, located in the Helios System.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Hawkes: (yelling in frustration at some Chigs trying to psych them out) You eat yellow snow, you Chigs!
      Wang: 'You eat yellow snow'?!
      Hawkes: It was off the top of my head.

    • Chig Audio Device: Hear me, Abe Lincoln's dead!
      West: What's that supposed to mean?
      Vansen: They're using stuff they think will get us mad, psych us out.
      Wang: 'Abe Lincoln's dead' is supposed to psych us? That's just a statement of fact. Chigs didn't do their homework.
      Chig Audio Device: Hey marines! Chicago Cubs suck!
      Wang: (furious) Let's get those sons of-! (Hawkes holds him back)

    • Commodore Ross: (over radio to those on Demios) Marines, this is Commodore Ross of the USS Saratoga. We remain proud of you. Due to security reasons, I am unable to explain this painful directive to you. Due to the fortunes of war: Black Forest. I say again, Black Forest.
      Vansen: (translating, devasted) No air support.
      Commodore Ross: Red Sea. Red Sea.
      Vansen: No ground reinforcement.
      Commodore Ross: You are encouraged, but not so ordered, to continue to engage the enemy. If, however, your position becomes untenable, you are authorized to surrender. Semper Fidelis. And may God be with you, always.

    • Colonel McQueen: The right thing to do is rarely the easiest.
      Commodore Ross: McQueen, right now our people on planet don't have the luxury of time to consider right or wrong. Hell, they don't have time to think! They can only react, dead or alive. You and I have been there, and we know that amidst all the hellfire and fear and the seconds between firing and being fired upon, there is a whisper in their hearts that feels like a scream at the top of their lungs saying, 'We'll be there to back them up!' And now we won't be.

    • Admiral Broden: Taking Ixion now would cut two years off the war and could save a million lives.
      Commodore Ross: At the expense of 25,000 lives- my lives, fighting down on planet!

    • Gen. Weirick: Why aren't I celebrating?
      Gen. Ming: It seems the fruits of victory have fallen too easily into our mouths.
      Gen. Weirick: Eight months ago, the Chigs nearly bled themselves dry to take this airfield and today, they just walk away. Why? Why?!

  • NOTES (2)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Guadalcanal

      This episode begins with a dedication: To Our Fathers And Grandfathers At Guadalcanal August 7, 1942 February 7, 1943. Like the battle of Deimos, the marines on Guadalcanal were left without sea and air support when Admiral Fletcher (whose flag ship was the USS Saratoga) withdrew from the Solomon Islands area after his task force took serious losses. Rear Admiral Turner remained long enough to drop off some supplies, but the 11,00 marines were left with little heavy equipment or food for the campaign which was to last six months.

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